My abductors wanted me to call off protest, says IYC boss

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Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, Peter Igbifa, has relieved ordeals the hands of abductors.

He said they wanted him call off the ongoing protest against failures of the Federal Government inaugurate a substantive board of the Development Commission ().

Igbifa, who spoke shortly after he was released at Opokuma Bayelsa State, said assailants barricaded vehicle Tuesday morning, blindfolded him and drove him many places.

“I didn’t know the places they took me because I was blindfolded. All they wanted me do was call off the protest. They wanted me to do video asking the youths to back down.

“But I told them that I already did a video the morning asking them to go ahead with the protest even if I was kidnapped, arrested or killed.

“They became frustrated when they saw the protest going at many places in the region. I also told them that I won’t betray the principles of struggle”.

Igbifa said his assailants dropped him at Opokuma Wednesday night, adding that with the help of , who recognised him, he was able to get to the Bayelsa State Headquarters in Yenagoa where he was debriefed by the Commissioner.

The IYC boss said after a brief meeting with the Commissioner, he met with Bayelsa Governor, Douye Diri, who was worried over his ordeals.

But Igbifa said he was intimidated by his experience, insisting the protest must continue with the aim of shutting down the region until the Federal Government inaugurates the board of the commission.

He said: “I am than ever determined to continue with the protest. My experience has intimidated me and the protest be intensed”.

Igbifa disowned some of his executive committee members led by spokesperson of the IYC, Ebilade Ekerefe, who held a meeting with Minister of Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.

He said Ekerefe and his co-travellers were on their own, saying he never authorised the meeting.

According to him, whatever agreement they reached with Akpabio was binding on IYC and the Ijaw .

“Whatever meeting they held without me is null and void. I didn’t authorise the meeting and its outcome is not binding on IYC and the Ijaw . We have taken a decision and that is final. It is a board or nothing.

“What are they even doing in Abuja? I know the kind of pressure I faced and bogus offers I got to frustrate this protest but I turned down all of them because I can’t betray my people and the must move forward. Therefore, they are on their own”.

Igbifa called on Ijaw Youths to troop out en masse for the continuation of the demonstration.